Biographical Information

Skylo is owned and operated by Jim Bozek. Jim has been studying and performing music since the early 1960s. During high school, he played guitar in a number of Blues, R&B, and Pop music bands. After serving in the armed forces (1967-1970), he attended the College of DuPage, a community college in Glen Ellyn , IL where he pursued a course of study in music theory. Subsequent to obtaining his Associate of Arts degree (1974), he continued his studies in the School of Music at Arizona State University (ASU) where he majored in theory, composition, and guitar performance. During that time, he worked as a performing musician and as an audio engineer for the School of Music, recording recitals and concerts. Also in that time frame he composed, conducted, and recorded music for an independent film. It was at ASU where he began developing an interest in electronic music and analog studio techniques. He was awarded a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition from ASU in 1979.

In 1980, he moved to Champaign, Illinois to attend a post-graduate program in the School of Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). There he studied music theory, composition, musicology, electronic and computer music, audio engineering, and digital signal processing. At UIUC, Jim worked as a research assistant focusing on development of system software to support research in computer music. Shifting his focus toward emerging technology, Jim transferred to the Department of Computer Science where he earned and was awarded a Master of Computer Science degree (1984). During that time, he worked with 2 colleagues to produce Sound Into Graphics - a computer graphic film that visualized the dynamic harmonic content of audio in synchronization with the music it represented. The film was shown at SIGGRAPH in 1984. Since then Jim has been pursuing a career as a Software Engineer.

During his professional career in the high-tech industry (Technical Resume), Jim has worked for some of the most familiar names in computing including IBM, Sequent Computer Systems, Cray Research, Supercomputer Systems, the National Center for Supercomputer Applications (NCSA), and UIUC. As a Software Engineer, Jim has had the opportunity to work in the areas of VLSI design verification, operating system and device driver development (Unix and Windows), systems management, server virtualization, computer graphics, and digital audio. During his employment at UIUC from 1986 to 1990, he worked as a research programmer for NCSA in the area of scientific visualization - a technique which applies computer graphics and imaging techniques as an aid in understanding complex scientific data sets. Later, as Manager of Computer Graphics for the UIUC Computing Services Office, he created and supervised operation of an interdisciplinary multi-media lab that provided consulting, computer graphics, imaging, computer animation, video recording/editing, and digital audio services used by the university's scientific, art, and medical communities.

While working as a Software Engineer, Jim has continued to nurture a deep personal affection for the musical arts, particularly in the areas of guitar performance, musical composition, and audio production (Audio Resume). Jim started Skylo Digital Audio Services in 2002. Recently, he designed and personally completed construction of a multi-media project studio where he provides a variety of music, audio, and post-production services.